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You know who you are,your the ones missing half of your hair!how old is your toddler,tips etc.
 

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Cannon is 2,just turned 2 last month.I guess my best tip would be paitence(lots of it!!!)He is my clown who always wants a laugh.Actually he will do anything to make you laugh,I think he got this from dh.
 

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I have a toddler, Hannah who is 1 year old. She is walking now and is into everything. She hasn't decided to talk yet, but she does get her point across....very loudly, lol. She is definitely Mommy's girl right now. I agree with the best tip at this age is Patience, patience, patience!!!
 

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Ayla will be 2 in July. I would say the tip I would have loved to hear a while ago is to get those bibs with the pocket catcher/shoulder covers as soon as they start to feed themselves. I didn't find those lovely things until one day when we visited my mom.

I have got her to be quiet by doing the 'i'm counting to three' thing. She will stop by the time I get to '2' and then gets all happy for herself that she stopped ;) This has been a real ear saver.
 

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Gracie is 16 months. The dear child will talk your ear off, she has a great vocabulary for a girl her age, but she won't walk! I think she could do it with the proper motivation, and it sure would make my life easier with the new baby.

Any ideas to get this girl to walk? I got her a walker type push toy and she screams when I try to get her to use it.
 

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Courtney is 17 months and the joy of everyone in this household. We fight over who gets her out of bed after naps. She is becoming more affectionate, giving hugs and kisses. She says some words, and just started two word sentences "bye train".

She is very busy. She likes to stack soup cans 3-high from the lazy susan. Who needs toys?

She loves to jump on my bed, especially when daddy wipes out her legs and makes her fall flat on the bed.

She is my last baby, and I am thoroughly enjoying her.
 

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Heather we do the count to 3 thing too.I love it and it works with bubba.Right now we are going threw the hitting stage,Lauren never did this so its new to me.I've tried everything,but timeouts seem to be working best.I really think its because he's the smallest and Lauren and dnephew over power him at times,so that's his way of being big.
 

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Well, my Julia turned 2 in February and I have to say, 2 isn't as bad as I had heard. She certainly has her moments, but it's just because she is frustrated sometimes that she just isn't capable of doing EVERYTHING that she wants to do. She is very independent and is a total chatterbox. When I called dh and dd from Boston she said to me on the phone, "I don't want you in Boston anymore." Then, when I got home, she said, "You stay home now...okay?" She has her own mind and I LOVE it, even when her ideas clash with mine. I guess my only tip is to really let them explore and be themselves. As long as it truly doesn't interfere with their safety, letting them "do it on their own" is going to help them grow into strong, independent adults.
 

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If you want your toddler to go to sleep, put them in the highchair! :laugh:
 

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I have one in this group. Rhett just turned 2 May 10th. Believe it or not he is the easiest child of the whole bunch so far. He acts older for his age and was a very easy going baby that hardly ever cried. So far he has been a really good toddler. He has to sit thru a lot of the older kids extra activities and is very good. When the older ones were toddlers they NEVER would have sit thru what he does. All the kids baby him and he loves it. He is in for a rude awakening because I am getting induced in 5 days with a baby brother for him lol !! Amy
 

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Jason will be 2 in July, maybe... LOL! He is way too adventurous and not afraid of anything or anybody. He will talk your ear off and tell you exactly what he wants, how he wants it, where and for how long. The best strategy I"ve found for getting him to cooperate is to give him lotion. He LOVES lotion. Keeps him still while we change diapers, keeps him still while I get his shoes on, lets me finish washing him up after meals if he knows he can put lotion on when I'm done. My son has the softest hands, legs and feet in the world!
 

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Princess Karla is 10 months, she's been with us for 6 mos and will probably stay a few more. Jack turned 1 last month, we had a party with ponies, he was born addicted and seems to still have a few residual issues in need of adressing, he wil probably be adoptable for us early next year. If my godbaby's mother doesn't get her act in order Matthew, 1 month, will be our next addition. He's been spending the weekends with us.
 

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My little one just turned 20 months on friday, being my only boy I tend to spoil him. He has had a ruff time, he was in the hospital for a day when he was 5 months for Brocialitis, then I was givin a Nebulizer to give him breathing treatments at home when needed.... then june of last year all his problems started....he had 7 ear infections in 7 months, pneumonia 4 times in three months...Mono and CMV both of which cause an inlarged spleen and liver..the doctor scared me to death when they told me that the only other thing that would cause that was leukimia and I FREAKED (leukimia runs in DH's family) then on christmas after he had been on antibiotics for a week for yet another ear infection he spiked a 105.7 fever so I had to rush him to the ER, well.... his pediatrician decided that because of his history he (ds) needed to be admitted to have tests run. Well wile in the hospital he was tested for systic fibrosis, HIV, meningitis, and a few other things they found that he had a bacteria (pneumocaucus) growing in his blood, he had to be put on IV antibiotics. The antibiotics were so potent that they had to put in a pick line (extreemly small iv that goes almost all the way to the heart) so that the antibiotics would disolve faster. The thing with that was that the pick line was the smallest the doctors had ever used, and my son (Miles) is like me, hard to find a good vien. He ended up having to have a surgeon put it in. Thank god for friends, my best friend came to sit with him so that I could go home on the 28th to see my girls and tell DH happy aniversary. We ended up staying at the hospital until the 30th, but had a home health nurse coming to the house everyday to give him his antibiotics until Jan 5th. The pick line wasn't removed until Jan 9th. The on Jan 10th his dooctor told me he wanted Miles out of daycare and wanted to know if I could get my employer to let me work from home...HA I had just started my job on Jan 6th! The doctors still weren't sure if they wanted to send him to Shand's for respiratory specialized care when we went in for his 18 month check up but he is doing much better now. Aside from being on steroids to help keep him from having another resparatory infection he hasn't been on any medications at all in the last 2 months. I am so thrilled...maybe we won't have to go to Shands after all!!
 
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